I’ve been doing a LOT of travelling in the last few weeks. I do love teaching outside of Melbourne and getting to know quilters from the eastern states!
In late August I was booked in for a couple of workshops on two consecutive weekends, one in Sydney and one in Brisbane. I decided to give myself a mini holiday and stay with a girlfriend in Sydney between the workshops. The first workshop in Sydney was a meditation workshop (yes I do them as well). I then spent the week relaxing, sewing and doing some of my day job.
The following weekend I flew from Sydney to Brisbane. I’d never been to Brisbane before so it was nice seeing a new city – for me at least. My workshop was at Peppermint Stitches. It was lovely to see so many enthusiastic quilters attend the workshop. Stacey and her lovely staff – Dolly and Fiona were on hand to help out. We also had lovely lunches (thanks Stacey and Jessica) in the park behind the shop. The sun was out and it was definitely a change from chilly Melbourne.
My next long trip was over the first and second weekend of September. For this one I decided to drive as it was much easier having my own wheels.
Driving up the Hume was wet and awful – but one has to do it! I decided to stop at Barnawatha as I wanted to catch up with Shelly who now has her own little piece of paradise at Skellywags Sewing School which is part of a larger complex housing a café and a beautiful large room for crafts etc.
Next stop – Wagga Wagga which was tough driving amid all the rain. This was the most rain I’d seen in a long long time. I was invited by the Wagga Quilters to run a two day workshop. We worked on Joy, Confetti and Mosaics. As always the women who look after me do a fantastic job – at the workshops there is always a yummy selection of morning and afternoon tea. Thank you Sandra and Peter for billetting me!
From there I was off to Cootamundra to Patchwork on Parker. I have been here before and was returning to make sure that the girls had completed their previous projects – as if!!! I had the BEST soup I’ve ever had from the Cootamundra Butcher! And stayed the night in a B&B that used to be the nurses quarters – but that’s another story….. I kinda forgot to take photos of the girls at work but did manage to get a photo of a little fabric selection that we made to get Judy started with her Stepping Stones.
Anne West invited me to spend the next two days relaxing at her home in Bribbaree, NSW. Relaxing?? Well… we did have two packed days of sewing – first with her group in Temora (sorry no photos) and then with her sewing mates at her home in Bribbaree. What a wonderful day that was with scrumptious food, champagne and lots of sewing and sharing. And catching up with the friends I’ve made in that area.
I left Bribaree on Friday 9 September and I’m glad I left early in the morning as it poured soon after I left and the roads were undriveable for the rest of the day. Next stop Albury – teaching at Avonleigh Country Quilting hosted by Kay and Sharon. We had a clamshell workshop on the first day and sit and sew on the second day. I do love these girls – they are crazy, irreverent and just teased me all weekend. They show no respect for an “international designer/tutor”!!! They know who they are.
One of the highlights of teaching at Avonleigh is the lunches. The first time I was there I was astounded at how much was served. It did start of slowly – first the soup was brought in and I thought – “yeah nice – soup for lunch”. Then came bruschetta – and I thought “nice touch – nice light lunch”. THEN came the sausage rolls, then mini hamburgers and then toasties – all prepared by Get Tossed.
I drove home on the Sunday night – it was a long drive and I was tired but happy that I’d had such a wonderful time.
So thanks to everyone who made it special for me. Thanks Kay for putting up with me – and of course a big kiss for Kara and Tigger (who hates me but I’ll win her over eventually).
Next stop – USA…. Yeah….. lots of workhops and lots of new places to visit. I’ll try and keep up my blog but don’t hold me to it!